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Matt Gryta covers city police and crime for The Buffalo News.


Crime

FINDLEY LAKE – William Underwood, 37, of Toledo, Ohio, was pulled over by State Police for allegedly speeding on Route Interstate 86 in a resort hamlet late Friday. After he was stopped, troopers reported finding 24 grams of marijuana in Underwood's vehicle. Underwood was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding and ordered to appear in Mina Town Cou…

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Ashliegh Y. Delgado, 25, of Hoyt Street was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly stabbing and repeatedly biting a man during an argument in a car on Niagara Street near Porter Avenue. Police arrived and the man was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds to his chest and right hand. Delgado was charged with assault at about 3:55 a…

Brittany A. Dirocco, 21, of Cheektowaga, was charged by Amherst police with a drug possession count after officers were called to a disturbance in the first block of Berehaven Drive off Sweet Home Road early Thursday. At about 2:15 a.m., Dirocco was found in possession of non-prescription narcotic drugs, according to police. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal …

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A teacher at St. Gregory the Great K-8 school in Williamsville was jailed Wednesday after police accused him of sending sexual explicit messages and photos to a 12-year-old. Scott Schaefer, 44, was arrested Tuesday on charges of disseminating indecent materials to a minor, a felony and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, Amherst police said. Sc…

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LITTLE VALLEY  -- Edward J. Smith, 50, of Olean, was recently ordered held in jail after he pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife in their Olean apartment, Cattaraugus County prosecutors said. Smith is accused of stabbing to death his wife, Kathy, 59, on May 13. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said the grand jury indicted him on two counts of second-degree m…

A man working on his truck in the 7500 block of Seneca Street in Elma suffered torso injuries when the vehicle somehow collapsed on him about 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. The man was responsive and talkative as he was rescued by local firefighters. He was flown by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of his ap…

Local News

A body was recovered from the lower Niagara River early Sunday evening by the Youngstown-based unit of the Coast Guard. A search had been launched after a call was received about someone spotting what might be a body floating in the waterway near Lewiston. The Coast Guard said it received a call from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office at about 7 p.m. about the report o…

An 85-year-old man drove through a stop sign on Scott Street at Washington Street and crashed into the left side of a NFTA Metro bus just before 2 p.m. Sunday. He had to be freed from his vehicle by Buffalo firefighters who were called to the scene. The driver was taken to Mercy Hospital for observation, according to Helen Tederous, spokeswoman for the NFTA. Tederous sa…

NAPOLI – Erik D. Allen, 35, surrendered without incident after a multi-agency search of the wooded area behind his home at 9705 Pigeon Valley Road here Saturday morning, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday. Deputies responding to a report of a domestic incident at the home arrived to find that Allen had left the house and were told he might be car…

Anthony A. Lafornara, 24, was arrested on assault and other charges at his apartment on Elmwood Avenue near Hertel Avenue early Sunday morning after allegedly choking a female neighbor during a heated argument. Lafornara was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment for the incident, which allegedly happened at hi…

Local News

Kaden Mitchell, the 7-year-old Niagara Falls boy mauled by two 160-pound Rottweilers, remained heavily sedated and was sent to Buffalo General Medical Center Sunday for an MRI because of fears he may have suffered a stroke in the attack by the two dogs, his grandfather, Roy Gregory, said Sunday. Gregory told The News on Sunday that his grandson was returned to Women and…

Nicholas Hardy, 28, of Fulton Street, had to be physically restrained as he began fighting with Buffalo Police officers who confronted him near his home late Saturday about an earlier Fulton Street incident. Noting that Hardy fit the description of a suspect who allegedly made threats earlier in the 700 block of Fulton, he became "irate and combative" when officers con…

Amherst Police officials Thursday confirmed an investigation was launched after it received reports of criminal mischief to cars in the vicinity of both Sweet Home and Tonawanda Creek roads. A complaint from a Fairgreen Drive resident was received by police about 7 a.m. Thursday, officials confirmed. Police declined comment on reports that a Buffalo man is under investi…

Corey A. Anthony, 27, was arrested on a heroin possession charge near his home in the city's Riverside section early Saturday. Police were called at about 4:20 a.m. to check on an incident in the first block of Farmer Street. They arrested Anthony after he was spotted trying to "stash" two bags of alleged heroin in a garbage receptacle, according to an arrest report. …

A fire that caused $90,000 damage to the one-story frame home at 342 Carlton St. early Sunday morning has been deemed suspicious by Buffalo Fire investigators. The fire at the unoccupied home, which was currently undergoing renovation, was called in at 1:45 p.m. and was under control at 2:16 p.m. Fire officials reported the fire began in the rear of the building. The $9…